Title III, Part A – English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act



Title III, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), aims to ensure that English learners (ELs) and immigrant students attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English. Title III will also assist all English learners meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.

      Newly Designed English Learner Web Portal TXEL.ORG. Check out the new features and pathways for Parents & Families of English learners and Community Partners.


      NEW! This Side-By-Side Document provides guidance on allowable vs. unallowable use of Bilingual Education Allotment (state) and Title III, Part A (federal) funds. It serves as a tool for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to align with each program's statutory authority, policies, and practices.



    TEA Supplemental Resources

    TExES English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental #154 Preparation Manual (PDF 2.52 MB) - This manual is intended to equip Texas educators who desire to increase capacity in their districts and to enhance their existing ESL programs beyond minimum state requirements. Please note: This manual is based on the current ESL certification standards and test framework. Although new ESL certification standards were adopted in July 2019, an updated version of the TExES ESL Supplemental #154 exam has NOT yet been developed. Once the new test is developed, this resource will be revised. Be on the lookout for a free online course coming soon to accompany this manual. 

    Title III Allowable Use of Funds FAQ (revised January 2019)

    Family Engagement & Community Engagement Resource Tool (NEW)

    Clarifying Title III LEA Required Activities under ESSA 

    Texas Gateway: Title III Funded Online Resources Available


    2019-2020 ESSA Consolidated Federal Grant


      U.S.Department of Education Resources



      Laws & Guidance

      Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

      Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

      Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

      Contact Information

      Contact Us
      Division of English Learner Support
      Phone: (512) 463-9414

      Contact Information

      Rickey Santellana
      Title III Program Coordinator

      Special Populations Division
      Texas Education Agency
      1701 North Congress Avenue
      Austin, Texas 78701-1401